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GA-P35-DS3L "Disk Boot Failure"

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October 18, 2011 10:12:50 PM

All of a sudden my computer powers down and, when I try to boot up, I get this message: "Disk Boot Failure, Insert System Disk and Press Enter." I changed the boot order in the Bios, putting the system drive before the CD/DVD drive. Same thing. I unplugged all the hard drives (I am not using RAID). Same thing. I removed and replaced the motherboard battery. I tried a different hard drive, different cables, and so on.

I tried a recovery using Acronis, which gets just so far in the process and then hangs. I tried to reinstall Windows 7 on both the original drive and another (brand new) drive. Both times the installation stalled and asked for hard drive drivers.

The computer posts, but does not find any drives.

At this point I think the problem is the motherboard rather than the system hard drive (which I reformatted at some point in any case, and seems to read perfectly find in another computer).

I am running Windows 7 64-bit, 4GB RAM

Should I reflash the Bios? (The Bios version is F9, and I don’t think there’s a more recent update.)

I’m medium-competent; I build my own computers. But this is driving me nuts. Any help?
October 19, 2011 1:48:19 AM

If there was an older BIOS version that worked, you may want to try flashing back to that version. If that solves the problem, it's probably the F9 firmware screwing it up.
a b V Motherboard
October 19, 2011 2:10:20 AM

I know you reset the batt, but did you go into bios and reload the defaults after that?
Have you tried running any kind of test on the HDD to check for bad sectors?
Have you checked the install disc for scratches?
The bios will not see HDDs but does it see your CD?
Have you tried all available sata ports?
Have you tried an ATA->SATA converter? (if it is only one drive there will be little to no performance penalty, especially if the drive is as old as the mobo).
Have you checked for blown caps? http://forum.videohelp.com/threads/312339-Computer-Repa... They are super easy to replace if you know what kind you need

If you try coaster's idea, and all the above and nothing works then it is time for a new board or an upgrade. Both are fun when you are ready for them, and very painful when you are not, I feel for ya.
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a b V Motherboard
October 20, 2011 2:01:18 AM

since you already tried same/different hdd .. you can check return to bios default and try different port again.
October 22, 2011 3:56:22 PM

CaedenV said:
I know you reset the batt, but did you go into bios and reload the defaults after that?
I HADN'T, BUT I HAVE NOW. NO DIFFERENCE.
Have you tried running any kind of test on the HDD to check for bad sectors?
I HAVE CHECKED THE HARD DRIVE BY READING IT IN ANOTHER COMPUTER; I ALSO WIPED THE SYSTEM PARTITION AND TRIED TO REINSTALL WINDOWS 7. NO DIFFERENCE
Have you checked the install disc for scratches?
NO SCRATCHES, BUT I ALSO PUT IT IN ANOTHER COMPUTER TO MAKE SURE THAT IT READS OK. IT DOES.
The bios will not see HDDs but does it see your CD?
YES! IT SEES THE CD/DVD PLAYER. THIS IS A HOPEFUL SIGN, RIGHT?
Have you tried all available sata ports?
YES. NO DIFFERENCE
Have you tried an ATA->SATA converter? (if it is only one drive there will be little to no performance penalty, especially if the drive is as old as the mobo).
I DO NOT HAVE AN ATA->SATA CONVERTER.
Have you checked for blown caps? http://forum.videohelp.com/threads/312339-Computer-Repa... They are super easy to replace if you know what kind you need
A VISUAL CHECK SHOWS NO BLOWN CAPACITATORS.


If you try coaster's idea, and all the above and nothing works then it is time for a new board or an upgrade. Both are fun when you are ready for them, and very painful when you are not, I feel for ya.

October 22, 2011 3:57:23 PM

Sorry not to have responded to some very generous advice sooner. Work just didn't let me go until Saturday morning.
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